The PCC of Nettlecombe Church would like to invite you to a
TALK & CREAM TEA on 16th September 2022

Talk given by Torquil McNeilage ACR about the AMAZING restoration of the three Medieval Effigies in our church, finishing with a cream tea.

2pm start with a short Service of Blessing by
the Reverend Steve Morley.

No need to book but any queries to
Lucy Devitt (01643) 821102 or Jane Wynne (01984) 640734.


Prayer Tent at Watchet Music Festival (26-28 August)

The Prayer Tent will be open from early ‘til late throughout the weekend hosted by a team from local churches. A place where creativity and spirituality meet. A place to rest for a few minutes and gather your thoughts in the midst of a busy weekend. A place for those of all faiths and none.

This year we’re making ‘Peace’ our theme and you’ll be able to wander through our woodland pathway. Pause, read, reflect, add your own prayers, take a moment, consider peace for yourself, peace for others and peace for our world. We’ll also be offering bespoke prayers - a prayer written especially for you to take away - and our resident artists will be busy painting throughout the weekend. If you are at the festival do come and say ‘Hi’.

On Sunday morning, the Prayer Tent team will be leading the Festival Service (aka We Are The Church) at 10am in the Udder Stage tent. Join us for 45 minutes of family friendly music, prayers and spoken word as we get Sunday off to a great start!

 If you don’t have a ticket for this year’s event, do please remember the festival in your prayers: For Mark & Jackie Bale (who run the festival) & staff. All the bands, artists, technicians and stage hosts. Security, loo cleaning, clear-up and safety teams. Festival goers (families & groups, locals & visitors) and of course the Prayer Tent team who would really value your prayers throughout the weekend.

For opportunities to share hope with those we meet, and for strength, peace, rest & creativity. And for the Festival Service, for the band and the opportunity to praise the name of Jesus on the festival site (please note: this is only open to festival ticket holders).

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street. This week it is

Rope Walk in Watchet

Station Road in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

Dates for your diaries:
Sunday 21st August               2.00pm                        Cream teas at St Peter’s
Tuesday 23rd August            7.15pm                        St Peter’s fundraising meal at Bengal Spice
Saturday 3rd September      2.00pm                        Williton Fete – help needed!   - details on page 2
Saturday 10th September    9.30am                        First session of Deanery course Exploring Worship and Pastoral Care
                                                                                        (See below for details and speak to Mark if you are interested)
Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th September                  Watchet 1940s weekend
Sunday 11th September       2.00pm                        The Fortress talk at Nether Stowey Church Centre

The Collect

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Josephine, from our mission project, The Fortress, will be visiting the deanery in September, and we would welcome as many as are available to attend Nether Stowey Church Centre, on Sunday, 11th September at 2:00pm.  Refreshments will flow and there's plenty of parking! See poster on church notice board


Hebrews 11.29 -12.2
Luke 12.49-56

Watchet Summertime Concert

at St Decuman’s Church
Wednesday 17th August
7pm for 7.30pm

The Watchet Consort and Friends
An evening of traditional songs sung in harmony
With items from other local musicians, including Watchet Flutes!

Tickets £5 adults, children FREE
Wine, soft drinks and nibbles – donations welcome

Proceeds to local Ukrainian charity and St Decuman’s Restoration Fund
Tickets available from Janet or Sarah, and on the door

also Watchet Visitor Centre, Summertime Stall, and members of the Consort

Today’s Worship and Readings

9.15am                 Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am               Parish Communion at St Decuman’s and Renewal of Wedding Vows

Next Sunday 21st August

9.15am     Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.30am   Parish Communion at St Decuman’s

1.00pm     Baptism of Lincoln Morlle at St Peter's

Both churches will usually be open every day between 8.30am and 6.00pm (approximately).

All are welcome to spend some quiet time in the peace of our beautiful buildings.

Dates for the week ahead:
Monday 15th August                                                  St Decuman's crafts at Watchet Summertime on the Esplanade             
Wednesday 17th August      7.00pm                        Watchet Summertime Concert at St Decuman's
Thursday 18th August          10.00am                      NO CAMEO THIS WEEK
Saturday 20th August           10.00am                      Flute Choir rehearsal at Holy Cross


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers:

Graham, Shirley, Jane, Janet, Jenny and Sara

Michael and Annette would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind wishes. Michael is on the mend and, hopefully, out of hospital by the time you read this.

If you would like to be included on the Prayer List, please let Sarah or Sue (or another member of the Benefice Team know.

Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We pray for Peace


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:

Revd Mark Phillips                 Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                         email:
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email:
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email:
Sarah Lander                          Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 07765-881229                        email:
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email:
Donna Marsden                     Reader                                                             Tel: 01984-633707                        email:   
Julie Pelling                              Reader                                                             Tel: 07973-961083                        email:

Benefice Website:       

Facebook Pages:            

Our Parish Safeguarding Officersare:

Mrs Sara Hempshall & Mrs Jackie Smith who can be contacted by telephone: 07961-268411 & by email:

The Holy Spirit, according to today’s Collect, is ‘the life and light of the Church’.  He pours upon God’s people gifts of love, energy and knowledge of Christ. The resulting ‘fruit’ includes ‘love, joy and peace’. Let us pray that we will ‘open our hearts’ afresh to the wind of the Spirit and become more fruitful in Christ’s service.

St Peters Church has again this year been asked to supply refreshments at the village fete on Saturday 3rd September. Monies raised will go to provide much needed funds for St Peters Church.

At the back of St Peter’s Church is a Sign-up list. If you can help, please sign up for a one hour slot.

Derek is organising all the logistics, so to speak, and will be there all afternoon, but he cannot do it on his own. If you can help, then sign up on the list to serve teas & coffee’s etc. Thank You.

Exploring Worship & Pastoral Care
in Quantock Deanery
When? Sept 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct 1st, 8th. Saturday mornings, 9.30-12.30

Where? Nether Stowey Stable Loft [behind the Rectory]

What are Exploring Worship and Exploring Pastoral Care?

‘Exploring Worship’ and ‘Exploring Pastoral Care’ are courses with the following elements:
▪ Understanding our communities
▪ What is Worship?
▪ What is Pastoral Care
▪ Being a Worship Leader or Pastoral Assistant.

They are two separate courses, which will share some common elements and which we will
lead in tandem. Each person will only do one of the courses.
Exploring Worship can form the training component for becoming a Lay Worship Assistant.
Exploring Pastoral Care can form the training component for becoming a Lay Pastoral
Assistant. Those who would like to explore this should talk with their Rector.
Who can do Exploring Worship or Exploring Pastoral Care?
These courses might be for you if you:
▪ are prayerful, want to find out more about worship or pastoral care;
▪ are prepared to try new things and are willing to have a go;
The courses are practical and participants will be asked to prepare for and participate in the
sessions but only to a level you are comfortable with.
To join the course talk with your Rector and email

St Peter’s are having another fundraising Indian meal at Bengal Spice on Tuesday 23 August at 7.15pm (to eat at 7.45pm).
Previous events have been great fun and tickets are limited so please let Sara Hempshall (07427969892) know as soon as possible if you would like one. Tickets at £19 per head.

Watchet 1940s Weekend - 10th & 11th September

We are looking for volunteers to help with the lunches and teas at Holy Cross during this weekend, from 12.00 - 5.00pm each day. This was a really successful and enjoyable event when we did it a few years ago.

We need people to help on one or both days, and also to make cakes, scones, etc. All with a wartime/Forties theme. 

Please contact Alan and Ellie, or Glenys, if you would like to join in the fun - it would help if you can let them know by Sunday 21st August what time you could offer and/or what food you could provide. Thank you.

 Alan & Ellie:  Glenys:  Tel. 631787

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary -  Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery

Quantock Towers Benefice
14th        Stephen Morley, +Nigel Stock (Retired clergy)
15th        The staff and students of Crowcombe C of E Primary School, Stogumber C of E Primary School
Quantock Villages Benefice
16th        The people and parishes of Aisholt, Enmore, Goathurst, Nether Stowey, Over Stowey, Spaxton with Charlynch; New Toddler Groups
17th        Eleanor King (Rector), Kate Sax (Associate Priest), Nicki Bradford (Curate)
18th        Jeanette Bole, Viv Chesterton, Maggie Harrison, Alison Hoare, Sarah Upfield (Readers)
19th        Malcolm Bole, Peter Williams (Retired Clergy)
20th        The staff and students of Enmore C of E Primary School, Nether Stowey C of E Primary School, Spaxton C of E Primary School

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 14th August 2022



"Bring forth the fruit of the Spirit"